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Marloes Coenen: Rebuilding Career Despite Strikeforce Release

Written on August 11, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Marloes Coenen stands by her management despite sudden release from Strikeforce.

A week following her loss against Meisha Tate and sudden release from , is still processing what’s undoubtedly a trying time of her life and fighting career. But despite being in the middle of the dispute between her management – the – and , the fighter still stands by her team.

“My management has proven themselves over and over again. I’ve been with them for 10 years. If they tell me to do it a certain way, I will do it because I trust them completely.”

UFC President, , said that Marloes Coenen and three more Golden Glory fighters – Alistair Overeem, Jon Olav Einemo and Valentijn Overeem – were cut from Strikeforce. That is because the Golden Glory opposes Zuffa’s route to pay fighters individually. The UFC President commented:

“It’s not the way we do business. It’s not how it works in the U.S. You don’t pay the manager and the manager pays the fighter. You pay the fighter, and the fighter pays the manager.”

Following that, Marloes Coenen posted a photo on Twitter of a check from Zuffa cut directly to her. The fighter also said that she’s been paid directly ever before Strikeforce has changed ownership. Moreover, the fighter defended her management’s payment policy.

“In America, you pay taxes, but in the Netherlands, you pay a lot of tax because we’ve got the health system. That’s really good in the Netherlands. If you go to university, it’s only 1,500 Euros a year; it’s like $2,000. There’s a reason we have these high taxes, and not only do we get [deductions] straightaway in the states – we have to pay tax in the Netherlands. Of course, we have to pay our trainers and our management, as well.

“If we deposit here in the bank, it will take seven or eight weeks before we get the money. So for us, it’s way more convenient for us to have it done by the management, who will do all the tax stuff for us, and then we get the money.”

Last Tuesday, Marloes Coenen returned home to Amsterdam following her vacation in Table Rock Lake, Minnesota. She is determined to represent women’s MMA through fighting, and is said to be interested in fighting for an October event promoted by Golden Glory. The resurgent ProElite also expressed its interest in inviting Marloes Coenen for a November bout. However, the fighter does not have any specific booking yet.

And while her days under the Strikeforce banner are definitely over, Marloes Coenen said that her time with the promotion was an amazing experience.

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